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Rates have also increased for Hispanic and African-American student groups.
Nearly 40 percent of students taking the college admissions test were Hispanic. Participation has increased 22.8 percent since 2011.
Student artwork by:Fiona Forbes, Corpus Christi ISD
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For the second year in a row, more Hispanics in Texas took the ACT than any other student group. This helped the state set an all-time participation record on this college admissions test.
The Texas high school on-time graduation rate of 88.3 percent set by the Class of 2014 reflects another all-time high for the state and marks the seventh consecutive year the overall rate has increased. The full Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2013-2014 report is available online.
Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that 10 Texas teachers have been named finalists for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
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New state accountability ratings will be issued Aug. 7. Along with earning a basic accountability rating, districts and campuses can earn distinction designations. The commissioner discusses what those are and how they are determined in part three of his accountability primer.